Lower Southampton and Langhorne seniors had a chance to talk with their local officials Friday, and get some free food such as hot dogs and pretzels in the process.

Almost 300 people attended State Representative Frank Farry’s annual Senior Expo at the Neshaminy Activity Center in Trevose, with lines of people waiting out the door 30 minutes before doors even opened.

An expo attendee enters for a chance to win one of the raffles available. Photo by Rick Rickman.

“It’s an overall good event,” Farry told WBCB. “We get a tremendous amount of positive feedback on the information from the various county and federal agencies, as well as state organizations that we have there for seniors.”

Farry joined Pat Wandling on Speak Your Piece for a broadcast from the expo and gave his staff credit for both putting on a successful event and for helping constituents find solutions for their problems.

“I want to give a shout out to my staff,” Farry said. “We get a lot of compliments. It’s very refreshing to hear residents coming up here saying ‘hey, I contacted your staff about an issue. They helped me out and did a great job.”

Farry also discussed his time involved in politics as the area’s state representative and how he works with his peers in Harrisburg.

“I take people as how I find them,” Farry explained. “I try to respect their opinions even if I disagree with them. That’s the way to learn about people and maybe they have an idea that they can tell you about that you weren’t aware of or have a different train of thought.”

Congressman Fitzpatrick joins Pat Wandling on Speak Your Piece at the senior expo. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Dozens of informational vendors had tables on the floor including Pickering Manor, St. Mary Medical Center, and the Bucks County Register of Wills Office. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also had a table at the event to show support for the expo.

“These events are really important,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s one of the few instances where all these organizations come together. Everybody performs a slightly different function. The senior community has a lot of needs and this is an example of where they can go to one place and get everything done in one day.”